Thanks to our amazing supporters, WKU Public Radio wrapped up our spring membership campaign Saturday night with over $49,000 in support pledged to the station!
We are truly humbled by the generosity of our listeners, and we can't thank our members enough for their great show of support not only this week, but throughout the entire year.
What happened this week is a reminder of the important role WKU Public Radio plays in the lives of our listeners.
There's still work to be done before the end of the fiscal year. If you've received a renewal letter in the mail recently, please respond soon. If you didn't have the chance to pledge your support to WKU Public Radio during our spring campaign, you can always donate online.
From everybody here at WKU Public Radio, thank you for everything you do to make this non-commercial public station possible!
Now that lawmakers have passed an annual spending plan -- the lone major piece of legislation the state constitution requires them to approve each year -- they are hoping to wrap up the 108th General Assembly as early as Tuesday.
Both chambers on Thursday approved their versions of the state budget after rebuffing attempts by both Democrats and some Republicans to restore raises that had been planned for teachers and state employees.
Among the major items remaining this year are Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's limited voucher program and his effort to limit the sale of cold and allergy medicines used to make meth.
House members are also still deciding whether they want to return in May to consider overrides of any vetoes by Haslam.
University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino asked a federal judge to show mercy when sentencing ex-Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer and allow him to "become a productive citizen again" after the basketball star's fall from grace.
Pitino's letter is among 29 dispatches sent to U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove before Farmer's sentencing in January for abusing public office. Farmer is serving a 27 month sentence.
Van Tatenhove unsealed the letters Thursday evening.
Among the family and friends writing letters was former Kentucky basketball star and current University of Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey. Pitino coached both men at Kentucky from 1989 through 1992.
Farmer and Pelphrey were part of a Wildcats team that earned the school its first postseason trip after a two-year ban for NCAA infractions.
Doctors at two university research hospitals can now prescribe oil derived from marijuana or hemp to treat patients.
Gov. Steve Beshear signed SB.124 into law on Thursday. It allows doctors at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville research hospitals to prescribe cannabidiol to treat patients. Supporters note the oil has been particularly effective in treating seizures in children.
In a news release, Beshear said he signed the bill into law because it only allowed the oil with the permission from a doctor at a research hospital or if someone is participating in a trial administered by the federal Food and Drug Administration.
Kentucky's general fund tax revenues increased 2.4 percent in March - enough to ward off a deficit but not enough to promise a surplus.
State Budget Director Jane Driskell announced the state collected $753.5 million in March, a $17.7 million increase from last year. State officials predicted Kentucky's revenues would grow 2.1 percent in the 2014 budget year that ends June 30. For that to happen, revenues must grow 3.9 percent in the next three months.
Driskell said she is confident the state will meet the estimate but said a surplus is becoming less likely.
Road fund revenues increased $22.8 million in March, an increase of 19.9 percent. Road fund collections must increase an additional 2.7 percent over the next three months in order to meet the estimate.
As we near the finish of our spring membership campaign, I want to thank everybody who has offered your generous support over the phone, online, and through the mail!
Your contributions help this non-profit, commercial-free public broadcaster pay for the outstanding programs that we all count on hearing when we listen.
You can check out our great lineup of thank you gifts here. We have a wonderful new polo shirt available in men's and women's styles, as well as a new partnership with Spencer's Coffeehouse in Bowling Green.
You can pledge at any amount you're comfortable with when you call 1-800-599-9598. You can also give online by clicking here.
From everybody here at WKU Public Radio, thank you so much for your support!
Warm, dry weather means plenty of road construction this afternoon.
In Hardin County, crews are repairing the KY583 bridge over the Bluegrass Parkway. Eastbound lanes of the Bluegrass are expected to see intermittent closures until 4 p.m. eastern, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Meantime, in Bullitt County, the right lane of I-65 Northbound will be closed until 3 p.m. eastern between mile points 119 and 121.
If you didn’t take part in yesterday’s dollar-for-dollar match during Morning Edition, you have another chance to make your gift to WKU Public Radio count double!
Listeners who invest the first $1,000 in WKU Public Radio during Morning Edition Thursday will have their gift matched dollar-for-dollar, thanks to a generous offer by Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes, longtime listeners and supporters of WKU Public Radio.
Cheryl works with the WKU Office of Scholar Development, and Mike is a WKU Biology Professor.
They are offering $1,000 in a dollar-for-dollar match that’s in effect right now during Morning Edition—so if you’ve been meaning to call with your gift but haven’t gotten around to it, don’t put it off any longer! Your call right now ensures that your contribution is doubled thanks to our matching gift from Cheryl Kirby-Stokes and Mike Stokes!
Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.
If you missed out on our dollar-for-dollar match Wednesday morning, you can still pledge your support this afternoon and have your gift doubled!
During Wednesday’s All Things Considered, WKU Public Radio listeners have the chance to take part in a dollar-for-dollar match of up to $1,000—thanks to our longtime friends and supporters Dr. Charles and Susan Webb of Bowling Green.
Dr. Charles and Susan have been generous supporters of WKU Public Radio for years and have offered these special incentive gifts during many of our membership campaigns.
They are willing to match dollar-for-dollar the first $1,000 offered during Wednesday’s All Things Considered. This means you have the chance to double your contribution if you take this opportunity to pledge your membership support to WKU Public Radio.
We don’t want to waste this opportunity to raise an important amount of the funding needed to pay for the great programs that we hear every day on WKU Public Radio.
You can take Dr. Charles and Susan Webb up on their offer and have your investment doubled by calling 1-800-599-WKYU, or by pledging online.